What’s new? A science toolkit for facilitators of district science instructional materials adoption activities.
How and why is this useful? The California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science curriculum framework was adopted by the California State Board of Education in 2016, yet not all districts have adopted standards-based K-12 instructional materials. The original TIME (Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation) training was designed to help facilitators work face-to-face with district teams to support their curriculum-based professional learning and selection of instructional materials from the list of 29 state-approved K-12 materials. This toolkit supports facilitators who were not able to attend the TIME training, but may have access to the extensive TIME training materials. Additionally, this toolkit provides supplementary materials (e.g., guidance on the use of a Google suite of tools) to support more collaborative work in a virtual environment.
What was a unique aspect of this project development? Team members conducted trials of the Virtual TIME process and built in several support scaffolds in the training. One support (not in the original TIME training) was a “course 0” to provide foundational understanding of NGSS that LEA stakeholders need to be able to select appropriate curriculum materials for their locale.
Do you want to know more? To find out more about the toolkit, click here or contact Darren Massa (email@example.com) at the Glenn County Office of Education.